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Today β€” January 29th 2020Your RSS feeds

Poland outlines cable infrastructure access rules

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has issued regulatory decisions specifying the conditions for providing access to cable infrastructure in residential buildings.

This, it says, will increase competition among operators and facilitate consumer access to telecommunications services.]

UKE adds that until now cable operators have barely provided their competitors with unused telecommunications cables or dictated high fees – on average PLN22-26 (€5.15-6.08) per subscriber if fibre-optic subscriber cables are available. As a consequence, infrastructure was often duplicated, which increased the cost of reaching the consumer.

The regulator also says the changes it has introduced – preceded by over a six-month preparatory period for operators – ensure: the obligation to provide access to unused cables, a simple way of providing the service to the end user and minimising the duplication of telecommunications infrastructure.

The regulations will increase competition among operators, contribute to reducing the costs of providing services, enable investments in other areas and accelerate the start of providing services to consumers.

UKE concludes by saying that the changes are in accordance with EU law, including with the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Digital Single Market and the European Digital Agenda.

Poland outlines cable infrastructure access rules

By Chris Dziadul

Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE) has issued regulatory decisions specifying the conditions for providing access to cable infrastructure in residential buildings.

This, it says, will increase competition among operators and facilitate consumer access to telecommunications services.]

UKE adds that until now cable operators have barely provided their competitors with unused telecommunications cables or dictated high fees – on average PLN22-26 (€5.15-6.08) per subscriber if fibre-optic subscriber cables are available. As a consequence, infrastructure was often duplicated, which increased the cost of reaching the consumer.

The regulator also says the changes it has introduced – preceded by over a six-month preparatory period for operators – ensure: the obligation to provide access to unused cables, a simple way of providing the service to the end user and minimising the duplication of telecommunications infrastructure.

The regulations will increase competition among operators, contribute to reducing the costs of providing services, enable investments in other areas and accelerate the start of providing services to consumers.

UKE concludes by saying that the changes are in accordance with EU law, including with the Europe 2020 Strategy, the Digital Single Market and the European Digital Agenda.

Czech pay-TV: the stats and trends

By Chris Dziadul

Nearly half of homes in the Czech Republic now receive pay-TV and interest in thematic channels is growing.

According to Atmedia, while the number of Czechs with pay-TV has been increasing slightly over the years, the way they receive it is changing significantly.

IPTV services, for instance, were received in 10% of homes in 2019, up from 3% in 2015.

At the same time, the popularity of DTH services is decreasing. All told, 47% of homes received pay-TV services in 2019, with DTH accounting for 21% and cable 16%.

Meanwhile, terrestrial TV services were received in 53% of homes.

In terms of thematic content, there fastest growing in terms of popularity are now film and documentary channels.

Atmedia points out that pay-TV penetration is much higher in neighbouring countries – 91% in Slovakia, 95% in Austria and 97% in Germany – with only Poland approaching the Czech Republic in terms of terrestrial TV viewing (37% of households).

A New Trade Pact Offers Mexico an Opportunity β€” at a Cost

By Jorge G. CastaΓ±eda

The new treaty could be an important lever for long- awaited modernization.

Tricolor to focus on OTT

By Chris Dziadul

Russia’s leading pay-TV operator Tricolor plans to have several million subscribers to its OTT service by the end of this year.

Furthermore, according to Andrei Nesterov, the company’s deputy general director for strategic and operational marketing, quoted by Comnews, it is aiming for the service to be among the top three in Russia in revenue terms in the next one and a half to two years.

Figures revealed by Tricolor at CSTB Telecom and Media 2020 in Moscow this week show that the operator ended 2019 with 12.23 million subscribers, of whom over 10 million received HD, 125,000 Ultra HD and 1.2 million OTT services.

Nesterov also said that Tricolor grew its B2B business by 26% in 2019 thanks largely to satellite internet.

France wants to ensure more young people benefit from CAP payments

By Cécile Barbière

Paris believes an age limit for receiving aid from the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) would make room for young people in the farming sector. But Brussels does not see it that way, saying this would amount to age discrimination. EURACTIV France reports.

MEP: Green Deal should ensure EU food sector’s competitiveness

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

With the new European Green Deal, all actors across the food chain will need to adjust to new EU standards. But policymakers also have to make sure EU industry is protected against unfair competition, MEP Maria Spyraki told EURACTIV.com.

Brexit to be sealed with final Brussels vote

By Georgi Gotev

Brexit Day is to be set in stone Wednesday (29 January) when the European Parliament in Brussels casts a vote ratifying the terms of Britain's divorce deal from the EU.

Spain's Catalan separatists appear in regional parliament for first time since 2017

By Danielle Wallace

The former vice president of Catalonia and five other separatists sentenced to prison after leading an effort to secede from the rest of Spain in 2017 made their first public appearance since their conviction Tuesday, when they were called to testify at a regional parliament hearing in Barcelona.

Italy elections curtail sweep of right-wing Matteo Salvini to power

By Frank Miles

Italian right-wing firebrand Matteo Salvini was dealt a new blow Sunday when a key northern region in the politically erratic country swung left in its latest election.

Yesterday β€” January 28th 2020Your RSS feeds

Germany launches β€˜Green Central Asia’ initiative

By Georgi Gotev

A high-level ministerial conference in Berlin launched on Tuesday (28 January) the ‘Green Central Asia’ initiative, intended to support regional integration between the five Central Asian countries and Afghanistan. German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas, who hosted the conference, stressed that...

European Data Protection Day: are EU citizens really protected?

By Philipp GrΓΌll

European Data Protection Day aims to raise awareness and promote privacy and data protection best practices. However, according to Julia Kloiber, activist and founder of Superrr Lab, European data protection is deficient and it remains questionable if citizens have the necessary know-how to assert their rights. EURACTIV Germany reports.

β€˜Fewer than 10’ foreign investors have bought Dutch residency rights

By robin
‘Fewer than 10’ rich investors have taken advantage of a Dutch scheme to give residency permits to people pledging to...

Serbian β€˜cable war’ gets political

By Chris Dziadul

The dispute between United Media and Telekom Srbija has taken on a political dimension, with the former’s parent company United Group accusing the country’s PM Ana Brnabic of siding with the incumbent telco.

In a statement by United Group published by its subsidiary N1 TV, it says that the PM “confirmed the law did not apply to everyone by attacking the group on the pro-government Pink TV”.

“When the contract expires, Telekom cannot continue to use our channels for free, since it would be theft and abuse of our signal. We haven’t self-cancelled our channels, as the Prime Minister tried, together with tabloids, to pin on us. Still, we asked Telekom for a legal contract, refusing to discuss it with legally non-existent Supernova provider,” the statement added.

United Group also said it was shocking that Prime Minister said it could demand “a billion Euros for its channels and that Telecom must say OK only to air N1.”

“It’s a clear change of subject because we published a public offer for N1 TV programme at €0.4 which Telekom has been ignoring, regarding of general interest”.

United Group added that it saw the Prime Minister’s public address as another attempt to, helped by the state, eliminate N1 as a competition and strengthen Telekom monopoly across Serbia.

“This is the United Group which asks for a fair, transparent and equal market game, the implementation of clear and equal rules for all players in the market and their adjustment to the best practice in the European Union. Only fair competition is in the best interest of the users”.

United Group added that, as one of the largest investors in Serbia, it has effectively been exposed to a “pogrom”.

In concluded its statement by saying: “The key condition for the market competition is that the respective institutions equally treat all the participants, without privileges or discriminations. Such an attitude doesn’t require special legal norms, but only the implementation of the laws in the same way to everyone”.

Com Hem complains over Telia streaming terms

By Julian Clover

Com Hem is crying foul over the bundling of rights by Telia in the auction ordered by the European Commission as part of the telco’s acquisition of Bonnier Broadcasting.

It claims more rights have been included in the package than the Commission intended.

The cablenet says Telia is deliberately “locking in” streaming of commercial channel TV4, restricting competition in the media market. Com Hem has now reported Telia to the Commission’s Monitoring Trustee.

At issue are the terms of the auction that would mean only one player other than Telia itself would have access to TV4’s catchup services.

“It is regrettable that Telia continues to try to limit and lock in, instead of letting TV4 continue as a channel for the whole of Sweden. They’ve create Sweden’s first state pay channel, at the expense of TV4’s reach, Swedish media diversity and Swedish media production. It is surprising that the state continues to let this happen in silence,” says Anders Nilsson, CEO, Tele2 Group.

The basic agreement to broadcast TV4, Sjuan, TV12 and C More is fixed and carriage of the linear channels continues.

Polish 5G consultation under way

By Chris Dziadul

A one-month consultation procedure on the distribution of frequencies for 5G has been announced by Poland’s Office of Electronic Communications (UKE).

In a statement, it says that the assumption is to distribute four general exclusive frequency licences, each for 80 MHz in the 3480-3800 MHz band. The licences will be valid until the end of June 2035 and the proposed starting price for each block will be PLN450 million (€105.4 million).

It adds that according to the assumptions, the auction winners will be obliged to roll out the network by deploying:
At least 10 base stations in the area of one voivodship city selected from the cities indicated within four months of receiving the licence

Until 31 December 2023, at least 300 base stations throughout the country, including at least 10 base stations in the area of each of at least 20 municipalities selected from the indicated municipalities, with the proviso that at least nine voivodship cities will be selected

Until 31 December 2025, at least 700 base stations throughout the country, including at least 10 base stations in the area of each of at least 30 municipalities selected from the indicated municipalities, provided that at least 16 voivodship cities are selected

UKE concludes by saying that the commitments were designed in a way to ensure network roll-out in the largest population centres i.e. municipalities with more than 80,000 residents.

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